Welcome to Fluco Toolbox, a series of posts that showcases potential edtech tools for the Fluvanna County classroom. Each post will discuss the tool, the type of problems it can help solve, and how it can be used in the classroom. If you’re a Fluvanna County staff member and want to learn more about using the tool in your own classroom, please schedule to see your ITRT and we will develop professional development based around your needs. If you’ve stumbled upon this post and you’re not part of the district, no worries! Feel free to use the information provided to jumpstart your own research.
Have you ever needed to find a simple icon to visually show something, whether it’s for a website, lesson, or project?
Today’s Fluco Toolbox tool is: The Noun Project
First, the basics:
Name: The Noun Project
Cost: FREE (must give attribution for images) OR $20 per year (EDU license- unlimited; no attribution required) OR $2 per icon
Problem this tool solves: Provides icons for just about any noun you can think of. Icons are created by other users. Simply search for a noun and explore the icons that appear.
This Fluco Toolbox tool is quite easy to explain. Teachers who need quick visual pictures or icons can easily search the many collections on The Noun Project, which are contributed by global users. First, create an account. This gives access to your icon history, which makes it easy to download an icon that has been used in the past, or look up attribution information.
Once an account has been created, simply search in the box for an icon. Below the search box, the site also gives some sample icons. This sampling often changes.
For this tutorial I searched for Pokemon. My search results page looked like the following:
At the top of the results are collections of images, usually from one of the icon creators. Below that are simply icons fitting the noun I searched for in the beginning. I simply search the icons and select the one I would like to use.
The image is now shown in a large format, along with the option to download. I can also see what the image looks like in different colors, but as a free user I cannot download the image in color. This is a paid only option.
Clicking on download gives me two file type options for the icon. For classroom purposes, the PNG format is the easiest to use in any program. SVGs can be downloaded with most programs, but may not work for everything.
Next, I must choose whether I want a royalty free image, or a creative commons one. Choosing Royalty Free means I must pay $1.99 for the icon (unless I have a Pro account). Choosing Creative Commons means I will need to provide attribution each time I use the icon. Free accounts must choose Creative Commons.
Once the image is downloaded, the screen will immediately let me copy the attribution text. This downloaded icon is also stored in the Icon History section of my account, should I ever need to find it again. I don’t have to worry about remembering the attribution text because it is also printed below the image. I can crop this off when I use the image, as long as I give credit in some fashion when I use the image. Credit must be given under the Creative Commons licensing used for these icons. Unsure of how to credit icons in different mediums? TheNounProject has created this guide to assist with this task.